Psalm 5 (Psalms on the Trail)


"But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house, I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you." Psalm 5:7

“But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house;

I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you.”

Psalm 5:7

Because I have walked too closely to flooded rivers, and because I have hunkered down too high on ridges during thunderstorms, I am aware of creation’s terrifying power and know that I am unable to  fathom the strength of its Creator.   But then I kneel down and examine this fern’s symmetry and squint at the tinted light that filters through its lacy frame, and  I am in awe of the Creator’s goodness and beauty that spills over into something I can touch.  Still, there is more.  In the story of God becoming human in Jesus, a story I can’t find outdoors but must hear from others, ancient and young, I am awed by something different—God’s love.  So now, when I crouch down by the fern, I am also in awe of the abundance of God’s wildly powerful, exquisitely beautiful, and always continuing love.  No wonder walking out here is such a holy place for me!

Suggestions to practice:

1. Take this verse with you, write it down and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? Is there an invitation from God for you?

2. Or read all of Psalm 5 to discover how this verse fits into this psalm.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that illustrates awe of God for you!

Tomorrow’s verse:  Psalm 6:6

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.